Fat nation: deciphering the distinctive geographies of obesity in England

Moon, Graham, Quarendon, Gemma, Barnard, Steve, Twigg, Liz and Blyth, Bill (2007) Fat nation: deciphering the distinctive geographies of obesity in England Social Science & Medicine, 65, (1), pp. 20-31. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.02.046).


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Much attention is focused on obesity by both the media and by public health. As a health risk, obesity is recognised as a contributing factor to numerous health problems. Recent evidence points to a growth in levels of obesity in many countries and particular attention is usually given to rising levels of obesity among younger people. England is no exception to these generalisations with recent studies revealing a clear geography to what has been termed an ‘obesity epidemic.’ This paper examines the complexities inherent in the geography of adult obesity in England. Existing knowledge about the subnational geography of obesity is examined and assessed. Multilevel synthetic estimation is then used to construct an age–sex–ethnicity disaggregated geography of obesity. These differing geographies are compared and contrasted with preexisting findings and explored at multiple scales. A complex picture of the geography of obesity in England is revealed.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.02.046
ISSNs: 0277-9536 (print)
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Keywords: obesity, multilevel modelling, age–gender disparities, geographical inequalities, UK

ePrint ID: 55412
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July 2007Published
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:43
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55412

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